Category Archives: Spoonbill

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

This was the right place at the right time. A group of Roseate Spoonbill came right to me and landed.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

While this tree, and small marsh island, may be a favorite spot of theirs you still need to be there when they arrive.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Like everything in wildlife photography you never know what or when. Just need to be out there. I do admit they have made it easier by staying here year round.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Several came in, as a group, making it difficult to decide where to shoot.

A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill
A Graceful Landing, Spoonbill

Ultimately it was just focus and point, figure things out later.

They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill

Branches over the water, small trees, doesn’t matter. They try to pile together on branches and twigs. Sometimes all at the same time.

They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill
They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill

They push and shove each other for the best twig, like the game ‘king of the hill’.

They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill
They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill

Half the time they can’t keep their balance on them anyway, too small.

They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill
They Love Small Branches, Spoonbill

Always one, a little smarter than the others. Doesn’t take much to choose a sturdy branch, or if you’re a Spoonbill maybe it does.

It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

I think the marshes were at their lowest point when I shot these. The food, and the predators, were in close quarters.

Moving between watering holes was just like a parade.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Most of the time there is a hierarchy, size wins. Speed became more important.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

The Storks were still in charge, hard to compete with those long legs.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

The Spoonbill move pretty quick too, and the Storks don’t intimidate them.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Of course there’s always one that makes their own rules.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Why not fly in? Good question. Wading birds almost always walk around if it’s not a long distance.

Watching From Above, Spoonbill

This was one I missed completely. I walked right under these trees and never looked up. Ellen spotted them after I had passed.

Spoonbill are almost always down low, at least that is what I have become accustomed too.

Watching From Above, Spoonbill
Watching From Above, Spoonbill

In reality they sit, nest, and hang out in trees. I just always look out at the water. Now I wonder how many have watched me walk by lately because I had started some bad habits.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

A typical Spoonbill landing, pick a spot and take it. Pretty much ‘Look Out Below’.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

When a big bird is dropping on top of them a hole opens up quickly.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

None seem to get upset about it. Just the way things are done.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill